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Leighton Meester and Vera Wang Want You to Get Swabbed

Mar/28/2012 at 04:30 PM ET

Leighton Meester
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Leighton Meester‘s latest endeavor would make Blair Waldorf proud: the actress and designer Vera Wang teamed up with DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, to encourage people to register as donors by getting swabbed through the “Share the Love” campaign.

In conjunction with the donor drive, shoppers who make a $78 Vera Wang Lovestruck fragrance purchase at Macy’s will receive a T-shirt promoting the cause.

Meester, the face of Lovestruck, also partnered with 19-year-old blood cancer survivor Kerri Mullen to create a public service announcement on behalf of DKMS (see some behind-the-scenes footage below). Mullen, a New Jersey native, was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2008, but was saved by a bone marrow donor; now, she’s happily off at college, majoring in liberal arts.

“The only thing someone who is ill wants is to survive,” Meester says in the clip below. And considering six of 10 people in need never find a bone marrow donor, “it’s very difficult,” she adds. For more information, and to see how you can register as a donor, visit getswabbed.org.

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Eric Daman on 'Gossip Girl' Fashion: 'There Isn't One Ugly Stepchild'

Jan/30/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

Gossip Girl Spoilers: Wedding Episode
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With 100 episodes — and an approximated 100,000 outfits! — there’s always been plenty of room for some Gossip Girl costume drama.

“There are a lot of Chuck outfits that are up for discussion,” wardrobe designer Eric Daman (left) admits to PEOPLE. “Some people like to take things a little too seriously,” he adds, laughing. “There isn’t one ugly stepchild out there.”

Perhaps Daman is biased; over the course of five years, he’s watched the gang graduate from a shoestring budget to show-stopping couture. Since season one, there’s been a “huge turnaround,” he explains. “The star power has definitely helped that. On the budget we have, there would be no way to do what we do.”

What Daman does do, in fact, is create characters through costumes. And he does so with conviction. When we first met Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), she was doing a “flirty, girly thing,” which evolved into a sartorial “coat of arms” in college, comprised of structured looks from Victoria Beckham and Narciso Rodriguez. But as GG‘s resident princess evolved, she “reverted to an old world glamour,” says Daman, evidence of which is apparent in tonight’s royal wedding episode (8 p.m. EST). Tell us: Will you be watching?

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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Gossip Girl's Royal Wedding

Jan/25/2012 at 10:30 AM ET

On Monday, Gossip Girl‘s ‘Queen B’ Blair Waldorf becomes … a princess. It’s the royal wedding the whole Upper East Side is talking about — and we have an exclusive sneak peek!

In the clip above, costume designer Eric Daman talks about creating TV land’s very own royal wedding, and selecting a stunning Vera Wang gown. “[It's] so couture but has that old-world feeling to it that makes sense for who Blair Waldorf is, becoming the Princess of Monaco,” he explains. “I think what the wedding is going to look like is going to set the bar for what the 100th episode is.”

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Walking Tall: Leighton Meester Prefers High Heels to Flats

Oct/27/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

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Leighton Meester‘s label-happy on-screen alter ego, Blair Waldorf, is content to pick up the closest pair of Louboutins she can find. Off screen, however, the Gossip Girl star said she searches for shoes “that really speak to me,” regardless of designer name.

“If it’s my daily kind of shoe, I usually go for the same type of style, like a platform with a thick heel,” she explained. “But I think variety is important.”

Speaking to PEOPLE Tuesday night at the Roger Vivier Fall/Couture Showcase to benefit Music Unites in New York, Meester said she actually prefers heels to flats. And when searching for shoes, her top requirement is “definitely not comfort.”

Wearing a J. Mendel dress, Bulgari jewels and Vivier shoes — which she called comfortable — Meester admitted that there is one time of day when you won’t find her in platform heels. “When I’m walking the dog, I wear sneakers,” she revealed, “because they look and feel better.”

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'Gossip Girl'-Inspired Clothing Coming to a Closet Near You

Sep/19/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

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For years, style mavens have been lusting after the high-fashion ensembles worn by the ladies of Gossip Girl, and now, we’re one step closer to channeling those impeccable styles.

Contemporary label Romeo & Juliet Couture has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Television Group — the producers behind the CW hit — to create a collection of clothing inspired by the show.

Look for embellished tops, bottoms, novelty sweaters, draped chiffon dresses and more that bear a strikingly stylish resemblance to outfits worn by Blake Lively and Leighton Meester‘s characters Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. But what good is a leather-trimmed skirt without the extras? Never fear: the line’s designers plan to expand to handbags and accessories for spring.

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Leighton Meester Is 'No Slave to Fashion'

Sep/09/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

Leighton Meester Fashion's Night OutCam Griffith CRI/Splash News Online

Though she’s all about labels on Gossip Girl, off screen, Leighton Meester is a jeans and T-shirt girl. “At least in my daily life, I’m not really fashiony,” she told PEOPLE Thursday during a Fashion’s Night Out event at Tiffany & Co. in New York. “I appreciate the times I do dress up, like now, or on my show — when it’s important — and then when it’s not, I’m no slave to fashion whatsoever.”

The actress — wearing a Carven dress, Roger Vivier shoes and a ring by Tiffany & Co. — does admit to changing her views on fashion after joining Gossip Girl. “It inspired me,” she shared. “And doing my show, it’s also sort of helped me to decide who I really am.”

Performing with her band, Check in the Dark, before hundreds of fans Thursday, Meester said she appreciated the energy emanating from New York that night. “I’m really lucky to live here,” she mused. “I was walking down the street earlier and there were stores all open really late, and everyone was having champagne and walking around in their cute outfits and taking pictures, and I was just like, ‘I’m so glad I live in a city that’s like this. You can be anybody here.’”

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What's in Leighton Meester's Makeup Bag?

Aug/30/2011 at 01:30 PM ET

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As an A-list star, one would imagine that Leighton Meester has easy access to just about every beauty product on the market. But it sounds like the Gossip Girl star prefers to keep her shelves pretty clear.

“My makeup bag is so minimal it’s embarrassing,” she tells bellaSugar.com. When she find something she likes, she sticks with it, no matter how basic. “I like L’Oréal mascara, I like eyelash curlers, I like a little bit of tinted moisturizer,” she adds.

But one of the most important lessons she’s learned from her time spent in the makeup chair is less about using product — and more about keeping her skin clean.

“One of the best makeup tips I’ve ever gotten is to take off all your makeup because I’m generally really bad at that,” she admits. “That’s really saved my skin. But besides that I think just really being hydrated and being healthy. I think whatever’s on the inside shows on the outside, so it’s not as much about makeup as it is your health.”

Tell us: What’s inside of your makeup bag?

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